Honors Projects


The Dominican Republic and Haiti share the island of Hispaniola. The two nations’ shared history can best be described as tumultuous. The French and Spanish long fought for control over the small island before ultimately becoming two independent nations. Tensions still exist between the nations. The Dominican Republic, operating under antihaitianismo, fears that the influx of Haitian people will be detrimental to the country’s economic and cultural well-being. As a result, deportations have increased. Human Rights Watch has condemned the Dominican Republic for its unethical deportation methods. Moreover, the Dominican Republic enacted a new constitution in 2010 with more stringent guidelines for citizenship.


International Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Neal Jesse

First Advisor Department

Political Science

Second Advisor

Dr. Pedro Porben

Second Advisor Department

Romance and Classical Studies

Publication Date

Spring 5-4-2015